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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Another China Smart Speaker

But available only in China, and in Mandarin.  Still the considerable number and low costs are interesting.  Following Alibaba's entry.

Xiaomi’s take on the Amazon Echo smart speaker costs less than $50   by Jon Russell  in TechCrunch

Hot on the heels of reports that Facebook is developing its own take on Amazon Echo, China’s Xiaomi has joined the tech company masses by jumping into the increasingly-crowded smart speaker space.

The Mi AI Speaker is Xiaomi’s first take at rivaling the Echo, which has already inspired a product from Alibaba in China and counts offerings from Google and Apple among its competitors.

Building on the voice-controlled speaker that Xiaomi shipped in December, the new device is powered by artificial intelligence, the company said, which has just been added the Xiaomi’s MIUI operating system, a variant of Android. The speaker can be used as a control for Xiaomi products and also smart products from Xiaomi’s one-hundred-plus partners. Xiaomi touted its content that is available for the speaker, which includes music, audio books, kids stories and radio.

In terms of audio itself, the device uses a setup of six microphones for 360 degree sound broadcast. ... " 

See my list of all the virtual assistants and smart speakers covered.  Continues to be updated frequently.

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